Jemez Mountainz Storytelling Jamboree

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Stories Will Come Alive in the Valle Grande

Jemez Springs, NM – The Valles Caldera National Preserve (Preserve) will host the Jemez Mountains Storytelling Jamboree on July 26 from 11 AM to 7 PM at the Valle Grande Staging Area located just inside the Preserve’s main entrance. There is no admission charge to attend the jamboree, so bring your family and friends for a day of fun and entertainment by some of the area’s most talented storytellers.

The jamboree will anchor the 2014 Birthday Celebration that commemorates the creation of the Preserve. Fourteen years ago on July 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act that created the Valles Caldera Trust and the Preserve. The three day celebration begins Friday, July 25 and runs through Sunday, July 27.

Storyteller and librarian Steven Plá returns this year to emcee the event and to perform along with five other storytellers. Plá believes that “the magic of story helps people understand each other and the fascinating and diverse worldwide community.”

This year’s amazing storyteller line-up includes Emmy Award winning writer, producer, and performing artist, Indiana Bones (aka Mike McCartney); puppeteer Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley, living history performer Linda Batlin, folklorist Kay Negash, and Pueblo of Jemez storyteller Paul Tosa.

The schedule for the jamboree and biographies for each storyteller can be found on the Preserve’s website at www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/special/#jmsj. There will be activities for kids and free wildflower and pollinator walks. The Preserve’s gift shop will be offering a 15% discount on select items. Free self guided hikes and discounted Magma to Magpie van tours will be included in the three day celebration. The gates are open from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily, with extended hours until 8 PM the day of the jamboree. Parking will be limited, so please carpool.

There are still plenty of booth spaces available at no charge for vendors and organizations. Volunteers are also needed for the event. Contact Kimberly DeVall at 505-428-7737 or kdevall@vallescaldera.gov if you would like to reserve a booth space or wish to volunteer.

For more information on available activities and programs at the Valles Caldera call 866-382-5537 or go to www.vallescaldera.gov. Click on the calendar tab at the top of the page for a daily schedule of events. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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